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LANCELOT von MANDARIN/LEVEL9 reiht sich somit in die Reihe der ausgezeichnet in Szene gesetzten Adventures der „Klassischen Art“ ein. Es handelt sich um ein Spiel, von dem man noch in einigen Jahren sprechen wird. Dem Hobby-Adventurer wärmstens, dem Anfänger allerdings nur bedingt zu empfehlen!
A technically impressive game, as one would expect from Level 9, but the expectations aroused by the idea are not fulfilled by the execution.
Lancelot is a thoughtful and highly literate adventure. It may not have your adrenalin coursing with excitement, and the faithful treatment of its subject necessarily prohibits the humour of say, Gnome Ranger
, but nevertheless it offers a great deal of quiet, intelligent pleasure. The telling of the Arthurian legends in the form of a computer adventure is a splendid accomplishment which is unlikely to be bettered for a long while to come.
So whilst it is very good, I wouldn't describe it as Level 9's best ever, any more than I would agree with Mandarin's Press Release claim that Level 9 is the acknowledged world leader in adventure software. Whilst Level 9 are certainly one of the top companies in the field, without doubt the honour of world leader must go to Infocom, hotly pursued by Magnetic Scrolls.
Graphics throughout are very well done. Perhaps the same attention to detail should have been paid to the plot. The book the game is based on; Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory would probably be more entertaining than playing Level Nine's adventure.